These could be big

The Taoiseach is set to address the nation next week and it’s hoped that Ireland’s roadmap to reopen the country will become a bit clearer.
Minister Harris confirmed that the meeting is “likely to be on Thursday or Friday of next week” and with the country already taken measures to ease lockdown, it’s expected that the next substantial update will provide more clarity and dates.
As always, four main factors are taken into consideration when it comes to reopening the country and they are; variants, the vaccine, the number of cases and also the state of our hospitals.
While case numbers remain relatively high, Martin has said that progress is being made in terms of Ireland’s vaccine programme.
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“The vaccines, vaccinators, and volunteers are making a real difference,” he said.
Speaking on Instagram on Tuesday, Tànaiste Leo Varadkar said that “we’ll be able to set out what can open in May and give some indication as to whether things will open in June or July.”
On this note, given recent comments that have been made by government ministers, it’s possible to predict some of the key areas that will be included in Martin’s speech.
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Hospitality
It’s telling that during his last address to the nation, the Taoiseach overtly mentioned this industry as one that will be reevaluated.
During the last address to the nation, the Fianna Fàil leader added: “This summer, our businesses and our public services will safely reopen. We will finally be meeting and enjoying the company of friends and family once again. We will be able to travel within and enjoy our beautiful country again. Jobs and livelihoods will be restored.”
On this note, it’s fair to say that the Government’s updated plan will provide more information for the reopening of the hospitality sector, mainly, a specific date. Earlier this week, the Irish Mirror reported that the government is working on plans to reopen hotels from June 10.
A senior Government source told the Irish Mirror: June 10th is the date that has been mentioned for hotels (reopening).”
However, hotel bars are set to reopen on June 10, before pubs and restaurants.
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When asked if this included plans for hotels, pubs and restaurants, the source added: Yes, hospitality included.
The June Bank Holiday falls this year on June 5th, 6th and 7th.
However, the reopening of hotels, which would include bar and restaurant service for guests, could pose problems for the Government if other pubs and restaurants remain closed.
Regular indoor dining will most likely not be reopening in June in these outlets, which could lead many to protest against the favouritism being shown to the hotel industry.
Elsewhere, it is expected that outdoor dining will return sometime between the end of May and the middle of June.
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Earlier this week, Minister Harris also said that he’ll be asking the government to do “a little bit more outdoors” this summer and said, “I don’t see why we won’t be able to do that (outdoor dining) during the summer months. We managed this last summer.”
The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) has insisted that the government allows all pubs traditional and gastro as well as other hospitality venues, to provide outdoor service from the week beginning May 24.
Increased personal freedoms
As stated by the Taoiseach on Twitter: “25% of eligible adults now have their first dose – 948,000. And 10% are now fully vaccinated with two doses – 381,000.”
Given the fact that more people are receiving their vaccine or have been fully vaccinated, restrictions on the social gatherings for those who have been vaccinated should ease.
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For example, at present, if two weeks have passed since you got your second dose of the vaccine, you can meet with other fully vaccinated people from another household indoors without wearing masks or staying two metres apart. If you have received the second dose, you have to wait 2 weeks until you can meet other fully vaccinated people indoors.
With more vaccines being administered, this situation is like to improve while an easing of those restrictions on organised indoor and outdoor gatherings is likely, especially for those who have already received the jab.
While the extension of the 5km travel zone to 20km is relatively new, it’s feasible that this limit will be extended to a further distance, depending on the important factors (cases, vaccines, variants, the healthcare system)
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Weddings
Earlier this week, Simon Harris was asked specifically about this issue and while Wicklow TD couldn’t give any new and definitive information, the Wicklow TD did say that weddings are on the agenda for next week’s meeting.
“Next week – it’s likely to be on Thursday or Friday of next week – at the special Cabinet meeting, I do hope we can provide that roadmap that can tell people what May, June and July will look like and provide clarity on wedding numbers as well.
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“From memory, last year we got to a point where we were able to have reasonably small weddings, but not extremely small. I think we got to 50 people last summer but I don’t want to speculate. However, to reiterate, we need to get back to that point, I think there’s an onus on us to try and provide clarity and I hope we have an update next Thursday or Friday.”
At present, only six guests are permitted.
What about foreign travel and retail?
As stated previously, retail is very much on the government’s agenda because they’ve previously stated that from May 4 – subject to the prevailing public health situation – a phased return of non-essential retail is under consideration.
This would begin with click and collect and outdoor retail (garden centres/nurseries) and in a recent update, Leo Varadkar said that this is still on track.
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He said: Were still in a space of phased reopening of retail, personal services and some more outdoor activities being allowed and the full opening of construction being phased over May, early June period.
I dont think itll be much more than that, to be frank.
As for foreign travel and holidays, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan recently said that it’s still a few months away.
“Wider opening up of travel that will also come. The exact date, I think we have to hold back on, just for fear if we say, let’s say; in the next few weeks in this critical period we have another spike, you don’t want to dash people’s hopes again.
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“What I would like to see as transport minister, is that we do not have another stop-start in regard to the previous experience, we do not want to be into another lockdown. I don’t believe we will. So let’s take us step by step, we are on a gradual improved way out of this.
“People will be able to take holidays abroad, it is coming, but the exact timeline, the exact date? I don’t think we should raise false expectations, with regards to that. But it will be coming within a number of months I expect.”